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Got Junk In The Trunk?

Got Junk In The Trunk?

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (UPI) — Most U.S. drivers carry “junk” in their trunk, with few carrying recommended emergency supplies, a survey indicates.

The survey by State Farm found more than 60 percent of drivers had non-emergency supplies in their trunk, ranging from extra clothes to used food or drink containers.

Most drivers did not have several of these common-sense items in their trunk including:

  • Jumper cables.
  • Spare tire.
  • Hazard triangle/road flares.
  • Flashlight.
  • First aid kit.
  • Water.
  • Blanket.

“Even on a relatively short trip, you can find yourself stranded for several hours. From icy waters splashing up on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago to fog covering the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, it’s important to be prepared,” Robert Medved, safety expert at State Farm, said in a statement. “These new findings highlight the importance of having the right emergency equipment so people can safely get back on the road faster.”

Medved also recommended drivers at least twice a year check spare tires were properly inflated, first-aid supplies were current, all supplies were fully stocked and the cellphone charger was compatible with either a power outlet or a USB port in your car.

Communication capability could be the number one lifeline in some roadside emergency cases, Medved said.

The landline and cellphone survey of 1,010 U.S. adults, of which 895 were drivers, was conducted by KRC Research from Dec. 6-9. No margin of error was provided.

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  • peter

    Some folks have really strange things in their trunks too! Watch CI on Discovery Channel if you do not beleive me.

  • ibcamn

    well i own two trucks and i have no garage where i live,so my trucks are my garage!but i have emerancy equipment in both!never leave home without it all.and extra stuff,like my daughters go-cart my extra bike(Harley)parts and some of us have a good reason for junk in our trunks!

  • Sense1

    A fire extinguisher is a must as well, I have had to use mine three times on other cars.

  • Bill

    Good Advice
    Add a couple of Space Blankets as well

  • Rennie

    1. Short piece of pipe that fits over your tire iron. 2. water for washing/drinking. 3. clean rags or paper towel so you could clean the car, the lights, eat meals, etc. or use as toilet paper, or tinder for a fire. 4. aerosol horn in case you have to walk at night, where there are animals or just to signal for help. 5. Snack bars, trail mix, some kind of chocolate, in a rodent proof container to keep your body temp up if you get stranded. 6. tire chains, they work on ice, mud or other silppery surfaces and can double as a ladder or tow chain. 7. Tarp big enough to cover your vehicle if you have to leave it or need to rig a tent or canopy for camping out where there is no other shelter while you wait for rescue. 8. Your Bug-out-bag!

  • Mike

    Only alcohol does not freeze in MN. So water will be solid in 1 night! Of course drunk driving will wreck your life! What else does not freeze to drink? That means my stove and a small tank of propane and a pot are needed. Hope there is no yellow snow to melt!

  • Steve

    And I’m probably one of those guilty people. Although, in addition to a spare
    tire, I also try to keep a decient jack, wheel chocks, and a lug wrench as well.

  • dan

    Hi-lift jack (acts as come along as well as ‘extricator”),two twenty foot tow straps and
    axe/bow saw ( yes ,I really had to cut a car out of a tree after the wife spun out off a curve)
    plus a real shovel and a road flare or two for setting a tire and mag wheel ablaze….
    a sleeping bag and a billy-can filled with chicken-grit(crushed granite) ,muk-luks
    and foul-weather gear as well as your personal bug- out bag with knife,first-aid ,fire-starter,
    bug-juice,water purification tabs,space-blanket,para-cord,gloves and hat,ID etc…and
    a red-sled for haulin’ everything when you hike out to civilization
    but then I’m from where you get yourself out of trouble …or they find you in the spring
    Box of baking soda for type -B fires doesn’t freeze and helps keep things fresh….

    • jt

      Dan…some good ideas there. Just be sure to let the pressure out of that tire before setting fire to it….;-)

      • dan

        lmao …. hadn’t lit one up mounted but i did have one explode in the back of my Cherokee,
        after sitting in the summer sun , once. I was rather excited by the thought of what a merry blaze
        the magnesium would make …and all of the nice black signal smoke.
        Don’t forget that the quart oil bottles make an excellent fire starter/kindling even in damp weather
        or along the coast.


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